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Meta hit with lawsuits claiming Facebook uses loopholes to bypass Apple’s privacy rules, still tracks iPhone users

Facebook and Instagram are using a sneaky loophole to collect data from Apple iPhone users, according to two new class-action lawsuits filed against the social network’s parent company, Meta.

According to the demands, Meta has been inject javascript tracking code into websites that users visit through the built-in browsers on Facebook and Instagram for iOS, but without the user’s permission.

In 2021, Apple released its new privacy policy, called App Tracking Transparency (ATT), which requires app developers to ask users if their data can be tracked. As a result of Apple’s rule change, big tech companies have billions lost dollars due to Apple’s privacy decision. Meta alone stands to lose $10 billion by 2022. Being able to track what Internet users are doing online is a major source of revenue for businesses that rely on advertising for monetization. Apple and Meta have been exchange of blows a one another about the app tracking issue ever since.

The accusations imposed on Meta would not only implicate the company in breach of Apple’s policies, Meta could be rip Laws on the unauthorized collection of user data as well.

In August, security researcher Felix Krause posted a blog post titled “Instagram and Facebook can track anything you do on any website in their in-app browser,” and shared their discovery, along with what it means.

“This allows Instagram to monitor everything that happens on external websites, without the consent of the user or the website provider,” Kraus wrote.

In a tweet thread last month, Krause explained that he submitted the issue to Meta about 9 weeks before publishing his research, but received no response. After his job left viralGoal reached to the researcher in mid-August stating that “the system they built honors the user’s ATT choice.”

Meta says the claims in the lawsuit are “meritless,” according to a statement the company provided to Bloomberg. The parent company of Facebook and Instagram maintains that it “designed its in-app browser to respect users’ privacy choices.”


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